What a difference a day made for Boston College Eagles baseball. For the first time in almost two full years, Birdball is above .500 thanks to a doubleheader sweep.
In Saturday’s action in Santa Clara, California, the Eagles defeated the host Santa Clara Broncos in the early game, 4-1, and the Nevada Wolf Pack, 7-3, in the nightcap. With the victories, the Eagles rebounded from yesterday’s loss to Nevada and improve to 2-1 on the season.
The last time Boston College exceeded the .500 mark was on March 7, 2012, when they were 6-5 early in that season.
In the first contest, Eagles pitcher John Gorman threw six shutout innings over the Broncos, walking two, striking out five, and scattering five hits. John Nicklas allowed one Santa Clara run in the bottom of the eighth on a Greg Harisis homer, but Jesse Adams closed the door with a one-two-three ninth for his first save of the year.
Santa Clara’s starter, Peter Hendron, allowed just one earned run over six and two-thirds innings of work; both of his first-inning runs were unearned thanks to an E-9 on Jose Vizcaino, Jr.
As he did in the first game on Friday, designated hitter Geoffrey Murphy had a multi-hit game for Boston College. He was joined by shortstop Joe Cronin, who went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Meanwhile, in the second game, Boston College broke out the bats for a 7-3 win over Nevada, ultimately splitting their two weekend games with the Wolf Pack. Andrew Chin got the win for the Eagles.
Following Sunday’s finale against Santa Clara, Boston College’s lengthy opening road trip will next take Birdball to Florida for a three-game series at Stetson next weekend, to be followed by their annual Red Sox exhibition game.